Giant trevally thrill for harbour anglers
Hydeaway Bay/ Dingo Beach
Reports are coming in of a few mud crabs and some really nice mangrove jacks being caught.
It’s good to see some anglers getting in on some surface action with a lot of the better fish falling to top water lures.
While the reef fishing closure is on this should continue to be a good ploy.
While the closure is on and as long as the winds allow, getting out onto the deeper rubble patches around the ends of Gloucester and Rattray islands with some jigs and/or fresh cut baits to target a big black jew or two will be another option.
The only other real option at the moment is to give the pelagics a crack. This could prove to be a challenge though as the water is filthy from the constant run of northerlies that we’ve been enduring.
Hopefully with the onset of some smaller tides and calmer weather the water will clean up and we’ll see the pelagic fishing improve. — Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing
The islands have still been fishing well for those anglers who ventured out around the islands, with good reports of coral trout and sweetlip before the coral fin fish closure which ends on Friday, so Saturday it is open for fishing again until next year’s closures.
Fringing reef around the islands has been the best place to fish for trout and sweetlip fishing around the 8-15m deep with half pillies and squid. Spanish mackerel and other mackerel species have been in close around the islands in Shute Harbour with these current northerly winds.
Tuna have also been in good numbers around Long Island and South Molle islands from reports from anglers who have been catching the tuna flicking small metal slugs into feeding schools of tuna.
Sailfish are still here in decent numbers with a few fish caught out the oval and out the back of Hayman Island.
Rock walls and wharf
Shute Harbour wharf has been firing!
Early morning anglers are hooking into some big giant trevally fishing with live herring off Shute Harbour wharf with reports of fish as big as 30kg getting landed.
Anglers have also been reporting catching a few grey and spotted mackerel off the wharf on lures and live baits.
The rock walls around Airlie Beach have been a bit slow with the northerly winds making it quite rough.
Port of Airlie rock wall has been fishing well with a bit of protection from the northerly winds, with anglers reporting some mangrove jack and fingermark caught fishing with live baits.
Just a reminder as barramundi season is closed, if you catch a barramundi they do need to be let go.
Rivers and creeks
The Proserpine River has still been producing some great-size king salmon and barramundi.
Barramundi have to be let go due to closed season.
Anglers are still catching a good feed of salmon on soft vibes and live prawns with one angler catching a few off the wharf next to the boat ramp.
Mud crabs have been getting caught but are few and far between from the reports coming back from the Proserpine River.
The smaller coastal creeks around Shute Harbour have had plenty of mangrove jack on the bite with great reports from a few of the anglers fishing small live mullet close to the snags on the run in tide.
The coastal creeks have also been a bit slow for mud crabs but will get better when we get some rain the flush the creeks.
— Grant Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
WHOPPER: A sailfish caught and released by Grant Spees.
Kevin Brennan pictured after catching a mac tuna on a charter.
Margaret Swanepoel pictured with a nice flathead caught off the reef on a previous charter.
Adriana Caon pictured with a beautiful coral trout caught on a previous fishing trip with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Peter Gleeson with a solid jewfish landed on charter in previous months.
Steve Falconer with a cracker of a Spanish mackerel landed on light spin gear while on charter.